Moisture is streaming into the region today bringing snow to the mountains thru tonight into tomorrow morning. 1-2 FEET of snow is likely for the high elevations by Thursday evening. A break Friday and Saturday before another strong storm affects the region Sunday-Tuesday.
We have seen moisture increase ahead of the next system over the past 12 hours or so. As I type this, most of the Central Wasatch is in the warm sector of the storm. My house saw temperature rise from 25F to 37F overnight. Snow levels likely up to 5500′ for much of the day today. Farther north, in Ogden up to Logan, they’ve remained much cooler and have seen snowfall throughout.
Today will be windy ahead of the front. Likely to be some wind holds on lifts. Snow will increase throughout the day and peak this evening as the cold front pushes through. This cold front will lower snow levels back down to valley floors, but the best moisture may already be south of the SLC region by then. Today will likely get deeper as the day goes on at local resorts, but due to the wind, it’s a risk/reward kind of day. Tomorrow should be a sure bet for powder. Still thinking 1-2 FEET of snowfall with pockets of more than that possible.
Areas in southern Utah will see the best snow tonight into tomorrow. Brian Head and Eagle Point, which have largely been held out of the action so far this month, will get in on the action.
A break on Friday and Saturday, then we have a strong storm push in on Sunday. This is an Atmospheric River event and, as usual with these type of storms, California will get the brunt of the action. Utah will feast on the leftovers. Due to the tropical origins of this AR event, we will see snow levels rise up during this storm. Right now it looks like they will go above 7k feet perhaps reaching 8k feet for a period. That means lower base elevations will see some rain. This is similar to the AR event we saw in early December.
But, the high elevations will see a lot of additional snowfall. The QPF for the Upper Cottonwoods is impressive:
We could see close to 2″ of liquid with the storm today and tonight, then another 2-4″ of liquid with the next storm. That equates to at least 1-3 FEET of dense snow for the high elevations. Maybe not the best snow for powder skiing or snow stability, but should go a long way to continue to bolster our snowpack.
Both the GFS and Euro have active weather continuing January 11-14. Too far out for details, but hopefully these storms will have a bit more cold air.
January Snow Table:
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